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4C THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1997 msl High school soccer preview BOYS CAPSULES Cobras' Lopez looks at 40 CUSS 6A SOUTH DIVISION William T. Dwyer Panthers Coach: Craig Moseley (first year). 1996-97 record: 7-9 District 8 NORTH DIVISION Top players: Kevin O'Neill forward; Jonas Blomqvist fullback; Mark Mitchell, defender; Hal Fravel, fullback; Dylan Hammen, defender. Outlook: First-year coach Moseley gets an advantage: the Panthers return eight starters. But a big question mark rests ff NT l- - 41 in goal. Two starting goalies graduated last year. Jupiter Warriors Coach: Stan Lembryk (33-30-8). 1996-97 record: 10-11-2. Top players: K.C. Hiliker, forward; David Green, midfielder; Jon Gentile, midfielder. Outlook: Lembryk is optimistic because the Warriors return I all starters (except for sweeper Benjie Studt, last year's team MVP, whose family moved to Virginia). Palm Beach Gardens Gators Coach: Brad Holcomb (first year). 1996-97 record: 1-16-1. Top players: Keith Proctor, forward; Eric Gitler, defense; Ahmed Rashwan, midfielder; Equine Ettiene, midfielder; Steve Arbuzow, forward. Outlook: After a rebuilding year, Holcomb is ready for better things. Proctor has good speed and Gitler plays very smart. District 15 NORTH DIVISION Boca Raton Bobcats Coach: Ron Matella (188-58-2). 1996-97 record: 7-12-1. Top players: Carlos Vasquez, midfielder; Ronnie Castano, midfielder; Vinny De Arauio, forward. Outlook: In a district with Broward County powerhouse St. Thomas, Boca Raton won't have it easy. CLASS 4A District 14 WEST DIVISION Fort Pierce Westwood Panthers Coach: Sam Black. 1996-97 record: 13-10. Post Top 10 boys 1. Olympic Heights 2. Spanish River 3. Martin County 4. Boca Raton 5. Cardinal Newman 6. Suncoast 7. Jupiter 8. Fort Pierce 9. St. Andrew's 10. Wellington Players to watch Alphonso DeMares, Sr., forward, Olympic Heights: 36 goals, 1 2 assists Danny Skelton, Jr. sweeper, Olympic Heights: 13 goals 13 assists John Skora, Sr., goalie, Olympic Heights: 0.00 avg. in 7 games Harold Lang, Sr. forward. Spanish River: Strong defender last year Jason Versage, Sr., midfielder, Spanish River: Keyed defense with Lang K.C. Hilliker, Sr. toward, Jupiter: 14 goals, 4 assists Lansky Matute, Jr., forward, Palm Beach Lakes: 22 goals Danny Lopez, J. forwad, Fort Pierce Central: 29 goals Mauricio Bermudez, sr., midfielder. Martin County: Led Tigers with 21 goals Rudy Gil, Jr., goalkeeper, Suncoast: 15 shutouts in 18 games. Vlnny De Araujo, Sr., forward, Boca Raton: 32 goals 1 2 assists Ronnie Castano, Jr., midfielder Boca Raton: 2 goals and 7 assists Felix Granados, Jr., sweeper, St. Andrew's: Could be top sweeper. Gianni Straub, Jr., midfielder, St. Andrew's: Ex-sweeper is scoring threat. Ian Landrum, soph., goalkeeper, Lincoln Park Academy: Top net guarder. But what Fort Pierce Central's prolific forward wants most is district title. By Julius Whigham II Palm Beach Post Staff Writer FORT PIERCE Before Fort Pierce Central junior Danny Lopez kicked his first soccer ball for the Cobras, coach Jay Stewart sat down with the forward and mapped out what Lopez's talents could help him accomplish during his high school career. "We sat down and figured he could score around 20 goals as a freshman and 30 as a sophomore," Stewart said. Lopez wasn't far off, scoring 18 goals as a freshman and 29 last season. This season, the bar will be raised even higher. "I really think he's capable of scoring 40 goals," Stewart said. "He's gotten a lot better as far speed and touch are concerned. And now he's playing against kids his own age." Lopez said he doesn't want to focus on how many goals he will score, but admits that he takes the field with a scorer's mentality. "When I get on the field, my temper drives me to score," he said. "Every game, I feel like going to score, or I try to. But I don't want to say a number because, if I don't get it, then people will say, hey you didn't score this many goals." Stewart has seen Lopez's competitive nature, even during practice. "He's a very competitive player," Stewart said. "He's very independent, and sometimes guys who are independent can be hard to coach, but they're usually the most productive players on your team. What I'm hoping to see is him support the attack a little more by providing a few more assists." Since helping the Cobras to a District 13-5A runner-up finish and a 16-8-2 record last year, Top returners: Nusan Dorlouis, Sr., goalkeeper; Umbaldo Gamez, Sr., midfielder; Gustavo lorres, aerenaer. Outlook: The Panthers have 13 freshman and sophomores, so inexperience is a factor. Lincoln Park Academy Greyhounds JASON NUTTLEStaff Photographer Danny Lopez (right) was one of two St. Lucie County players in an Olympic Development program this summer. Lopez has had a busy off-season. He trained with the Jupiter Lighthouse club, and was one of two St. Lucie County players, along with Lincoln Park Academy goalkeeper Ian Landrum, invited to participate in the state's Olympic Development soccer program. But with the high school soccer season under way, Lopez and his teammates are focusing on bringing the Cobras a district soccer title. "I'd like to get one before I graduate," Lopez said. Lopez is expected to be one of the area's top goal scorers, but the Cobras have other scoring threats. "We've got guys who can score and (opponents are) going have to make a choice whether they want to stop Danny Lopez or some of the other guys." But Stewart said his main concern going into the season will be Central's defense. "I've got six players that want to score goals, but we need to find some guys who want to contribute on defense," Stewart said. Coach: Gary Preslar. 1996-97 record: NA. Top returners: Ian Landrum, So., goalkeeper; Chris Monroe, Sr., midfield; Gary Preslar, Sr. , midfield; Matt Young, Sr., defender; Carl Robinson, Jr. Sean Brown, Jr., Lee Glover, Jr., Brian Paul, Fr., Fwd.; Danny Preslar, Fr., Fwd.; Derek Pollard, Sr., defender. Outlook: The Greyhounds return 17 players, including seven seniors, and figure to factor in the district race. Glades Central Raiders Coach: Brian Frank. 1996-97 recored: NA Top players: Wilmane Althein, goalkeeper; Dersal Galletta, midfielder; Jorge Huertas, forward. Outlook: The Raiders will field a lot of young players. Huertas, a place-kicker for the football team, won't start until after the playoffs. "Too early to say," Frank said of the outlook. EAST DIVISION Royal Palm Beach Wildcats Coach: Jim Minear (first year). Top players: Minear has not set his starting positions. Outlook: Minear plays the role of soccer architect at new Martin County Tigers Coach: Juan Kalb. 1996-97: 20-2-2. Top returners: Mauricio Bermudez, Sr., midfielder; Eric Ja- kab, Jr., defender; Brian Wojcieszak, Jr., defender; Matt Pistritto, Jr., midfielder, Jason Stocks, Jr., midfielder. Outlook: Bermudez Was the leading scorer with 2 1 goals last season, and is the lone senior. The Tigers return five starters and should once again be one of the state's toughest teams. Palm Beach Lakes Rams Coach: Michael Cavanaugh (3 1 -46-11). 1996-97 record: 14-5-1. Top players: Lansky Matute, forward; Damian Hurge, forward; Effian Gayle, midfielder; Corey Stewart, goalkeeper. Outlook: The loss of four starters to graduation means the Stems will play many underclassmen. Matute had 22 goals while leading Lakes to the school's best finish. Vero Beach Indians Coach: Dylan Lewis. 1996-97 record: 1 1-9. Top returners: Tim Long, Sr., sweeper, Willie Peaveley, Sr., forward; Alain Pierre, Sr., forward. Outlook: Lewis, the former coach at Sebastian River, said he expects the offense to produce plenty of goals, but the key is Sow well Vero will fare defensively. SOUTH DIVISION Lake Worth Trojans Coach: Jorge Castellanos (first year). 1996-97 record: 10-8-2. Top Players: No returning starters. Outlook: Castellanos is realistic. He said his team is "very young and Inexperienced". Martin County is the district favorite, and against teams like John I. Leonard and Wellington, Lake Worth will have its work cut out. John I. Leonard Lancers Coach: Bob Snyder. 1996-97 record: 8-8. Top players: Arturo Moraga, midfielder; Enrique Morales, forward. Shayn Logan, defense. Outlook: With the return of scoring threats Moraga and Morales, the Lancers should contend for the district title after Jast year's rebuilding season. Shayn Logan will be a key defender. Wellington Wolverines Coach: Jeff Gardella (first year). 1996-97 record: 19-5-2. Top players: Karl Hahn, midfielder; Billy Hall, midfielder; Dana Richard, striker Jeff Moses, sweepen.Darren Haligas, fullback. -Outlook: The Wolverine field a mix of underclassmen and seniors. Gardella says it's a rebuilding year but Wellington can give favorite Martin County a run if his team stays healthy. "If e stay healthy and play together as a team we should be competing for our district," he said. District 9 NORTH DIVISION Atlantic Eagles Coach: Mike Sicard (first year). 1996-97 record: 2-14. Top players: Matt Brigandi, midfielder; Chris Zelaya, striker; Jason Mendiguren, midfielder. Outlook: Sicard has Just two seniors in starting positions. None of his starters had double-digit scoring totals last year. They'll have little margin for error if they hope to contend in a -district with Spanish River and Olympic Heights. Santaluces Chiefs Coach: Jayson Chung (first year). 1996-97 record: 0-17-2. iTop players: Phillip Papard, defense. Edvard Pierre, midfielder; Kevin Roberts, defense; Pedro Sosa, midfielder. Outlook: The Chiefs have a first-year coach who knows about winning: Jayson Chung was The Palm Beach Post High School player of the year in 1 980 and '8 1 . He debuts as coach with a ;.team that should play better than last year's 0-17-2 record. ;Papard and Oierre made second-team All Conference last year. Spanish River Sharks Coach: Kevin McEnroe (135-30-24). 11996 97 record: 22-4-1. :jop players: Jason Versage, midfielddefender; Harold Lang, midfielder; Brent Eggleston; Marlon Howell, midfielder; Ajit Kapur, midfielder. Outlook: The Sharks won the state championship last year. McEnroe, The Palm Beach Posfs coach of the year, looks to repeat with a few new faces but virtually the same talent level. Eggleston protected the backfield all season but was also a scoring threat. Versage had 1 1 goals and a team-high ' 2 assists. SOUTH DIVISION Olympic Heights Lions Coach: Darrin Karuzasfl 1 1-24-9). 1996-97 record: 28-2-1. Top players: Alphonso DeMares, toward; John Skora, goalkeeper; Danney Skelton, sweeper. Outlook: The Lions lost the state championship game to St. Thomas. In a new district this year, Heights lost eight starters 'but still have enough talent to compete with Spanish River for "the title. DeMares is one of the state's most proflic scorers. He had 36 goals last year. Skelton, who had 13 goals and 13 assists, could be the top sweeper in the county. CLASS 5A District 14 NORTH DIVISION Fort Pierce Central Cobras oach: Jay Stewart. 1996-97 record: 16-8-2. "Top returners: Billy White, Sr., defender; Peter Scanna, Sr., midfielder; Renato Reis, Sr., midfielderdefender; Danny tOpez, Jr., forward. Roval Palm Beach High. Although he'll field a team of underclassmen, his district counterparts are not taking Royal Palm lightly. "I think Royal Palm will do well and surprise some people," Glades Central coach Brian Frank said. Forest Hill Falcons Coach: Ray Kemly (51-25-12). 1996-97 record: 4-7-6. Top players: Andre Durango, forward; Nelson Godoy, striker; Steve Jiminez, goalkeeper. John Carroll's one track mind Outlook: The Falcons lost eight starting seniors. "Realistically we're young and inexperienced," Kemly says. But he says this year's team has "more talent than I've seen here since the early 1990s." Suncoast Chargers Coach: Paul Gelb. 1996-97 record: 26-1-1 Top players: Steve Smith, forward; Jared Chipley, forward; Randall Seupersaad, midfielder; Rudy Gil, goalkeeper. Outlook: The Chargers' state championship run ended with a loss in double overtime. Gelb thinks this year s team is even ; rV One game from reaching the states last year, coach Mike Sajda and his girls are beginning a new quest. By Julius Whigham II Palm Beach Post Staff Writer FORT PIERCE One goal away. That's what John Carroll's girls soccer team has had to think about all summer and fall. Plantation-American Heritage's 1-0 victory in last year's Class 3A regional finals ended John Carroll's hopes of reaching the state soccer tournament. But this week, as the 1997-98 girls soccer seasons begins, the Rams start a new quest for the state tournament. "The girls know they were real close last year," said John Carroll coach Mike Sajda, entering his ninth season with the Rams. "Last year doesn't mean anything this year, but if they get anything out of making it that far, I think it's that they're willing to try to put in the effort that it takes to get back to that point." "We should have made it last year. This year hopefully we'll get another chance," Rams junior midfielder Mandy - Ivy said. better, so he will settle for nothing less than a state crown. CLASS 3A District8 SOUTH DIVISION St. Edward's Pirates Coach: Bill Keating. 1996-97 record: 1 1-6-2. Top returners: Jesse Kahle, Sr., defender; Mark Williams, Jr., goalkeeper; Jack Beuttell, Jr., defender; Chip Hamner, Jr., defender; Adam Baslow, Jr., midfield; Jesse Carano, Sr., midfielder; Shawn Mathias, Sr., striker; Graves Fromang, Jr., striker. Outlook: Keating said this could be the strongest team he's had in fours years as coach of the Pirates, who will compete in district play with Cocoa Beach, Melbourne Central Catholic and Florida Air Academy. Defense is St. Edward's strength. District 13 NORTH DIVISION John Carroll Rams Coach: Wayne Cross. 1996-97 record: 10-10-1 Top returners: Jeff Chandler, Jr., forward; Jack Behren, Jr., centermidfielder; Scott McLam, Sr., Sweeper. Outlook: The Rams kept most of last year's District 7-3A runner-up squad intact and should be competitive in 13-3A. Benjamin Buccaneers Coach: Tim Sanders (31-19). 1996-97 record: 5-12-2. Top players: Matt DeStefano, goalkeeper. Outlook: The Buccaneers are in a rebuilding year but the skill level has improved, anchoredby the goalie. Cardinal Newman Crusaders Coach: Brian Baughman (25-9-1 1). 1996 97 record: 17-4-3. Top players: Jeremy Clubb. Outlook: Baughman expects to compete with St. Andrew's for the district title. District 8 SOUTH DIVISION King's Academy Lions Coach: Glenn Martin (6-20-5). 1996-97 record: 0-1 5-2. Top players: Ned Perry, sweeper; Brett Burge, goalkeeper. Outlook: Martin to contend for district title. Sixteen of his returning players attended Duke University Soccer Camp. Pope John Paul II Eagles ' Coach: Mario Rincon (5-9-2). 1996-97 record: 5-9-2. Top players: Rod Almeida, forward; Chris Corn, midfielder; Ryan Lodono, forward. Outlook: The Eagles are young and inexperienced. Rincon says some key players have to perform well. St. Andrew's Scots Coach: Mike Duncan (18-5-5). 1996-97 record: 18-5-5. Top players: Gianni Straub, midfielder; Felix Grandos, sweeper; Juan Gonzales, striker; Daniel Rincon, goalkeeper. Outlook: The Scots won the district champsionship last year. Duncan expects at least the same this year. He says Rincon is one of the top goalies in the area. Joe Capozzl, Julius Whigham II While many expect John Carroll to be one of the area's strongest teams, Sajda said his team will be fairly young again this season. Two of the Rams' top returners, mid J' . T' . - ., ' S fielder Janet Martin and sweeper Mary Luke, are sophomores. And at least two freshmen could see time in the starting lineup. "As a coach, I m just looking to make BOB SHANLEYStaff Photographer Midfielder Janet Martin (above) led John Carroll with 31 goals last year. This year, coach Mike Sajda thinks the sophomore will be even stronger. sure we develop," Sajda said. "We're Outlook: The Cobras were runners-up to Martin County in District 13-5A last season and should be a contender for a "post-season spot again this season. Lopez could be among "the area's most prolific goal scorers after scoring 29 last Reason. Okeechobee Brahmans Coach: Shawn Poland. 1996-97 record: 3-18. Top returners: Zack Smith, Jr., midfielder; Todd Hackett, Sr., ifullback; Eric Berger, Sr., sweeper; Adam Homer, So., fullback; Eric Struble, Jr., striker; Michael Espirito, goalkeeper. Outlook: The Brahmans should be much improved with 1 7 returners, including four seniors. Despite last year's record, Okeechobee advanced to the second round of the district playoffs. "Port St. Lucie Jaguars -Coach: Scott Hoffman. 1996-97 record: 7-14-1. Top returners: Adam Pruett, Sr., forward; Zach McElroy, Sr., -midfielder; Dominic Balzano, Sr., midfielder; Bernard Fontus, ;So., forward. Outlook: The Jaguars are building for the future. Hoffman is Impressed by his freshman class, in which atleast five could "start, including stopper John Watson, and midfielder Daniel 'Lint. "South Fork Coach: John Mullen. 1996-97 record: 3-1 7. Top returners: Tyler Foss, Sr., midfielder, Richard Benzen- haffer, Sr., defender. Outlook: The Bulldogs will feature a young squad this season and Mullen, a long-time youth soccer coach in the area, takes Lover his first season at South Fork. The team's strength 'should be in its midfield and goalkeeping, Mullen said. young, weve got two seniors on our roster, but I think we'll be very Part of Sadja's challenge will be to replace graduated players Dana DeBary, Kate Cross and Mary Riley, who each keyed the midfield on last year's 20-4-1 squad. Ivy, who scored 17 goals despite miss ing part of the season because of injury, will switch from offensive to defensive midfielder. "(Cross, DeBary and Riley) are going to be tough to replace," Sajda said. "(Ivy's) replacing two girls in Mary Riley and Dana DeBary." Sajda believes Martin, who led John Shoemaker named to All-County bowling team Carroll with 31 goals last year, will be even stronger this year. Post Top 10 girls 1 . Spanish River 2. Wellington 3. Martin County 4. Olympic Heights 5. Boca Raton 6. John Carroll 7. Vero Beach 8. Suncoast 9. Benjamin 10. John I. Leonard Players to watch Kara Rao, Jr., forward, Olympic Heights: one of the top players in the state Amanda Hopkins, Snr., goalkeeper, Wellington: made 100 saves last season and had 7.4 shoutouts last year Mattie Gallagher, Jr., midfielder, Martin County: had 10 goals and 1 1 assists in 13 games before being injured Amber Tollefson, So., midfielder, Spanish River: led the Sharks to the state semi-finals with 22 goals. Maren Jaffee Jr., striker, Spanish River: was out with an injury last year, but scored 31 goals as a freshman Liz Swinson, Sr., goalkeeper, Boca Raton: had 20 shutouts last season to help lead the Bobcats to the state semi-finals. Janet Martin, So., midfielder, John Carroll: scored 31 goals as a freshman Summer Corum, So., forward, Vero Beach: helped lead her team to a Treasure Lake Conference championship Stephanie Keating, Jr., midfielder, St. Edward's: was an All-State selection as a sophomore Marley Goodman. Sr., Center-forward, Cardinal Newman: scored 37 goals last season. She s a lot smarter player on the Bowling field," Sajda said. "She's taken on some leadership qualities." But before the Rams start thinking about the regional and state tournaments, thev know that getting out of district won't be an easy task. John Carroll, who won District 6-3A last season, moves to District 11-3A this year where it will face St. , By Chuck Otterson '-Palm Beach Post Staff Writer ' f WEST PALM BEACH Sun-" coast's Jason Shoemaker heads the All-County high school bowl- ing team announced Monday. Shoemaker, whose 223 aver-' age was the highest in the Palm -Beach County Bowling Propri-'etors' Travel League, was induct-l ed into the Young American Bowl-; ing Alliance Hall of Fame during ' the awards banquet at Vista Bowl-1 ing Center. Award winners: mantha Curry, Jennifer Glllum, Patricia Linn, Sarah Linn, Alison Smith, Charlotte Venlng). All-County Team Boys - Jason Shoemaker (223M average), Suncoast, Adam Graber (JU.M), William T. Dwyer; R.J. Marrero (212 81), Palm Beach Lakes,' Rob Bethke (203 69), WT. Dwyer; Eric Komrowskl (192), Jupiter. Girls - Jennifer Busby (192 50), Wellington; Stephanie Infantlno (170 65), Olympic Heights; Diana Egan (163.40), Suncoast; Ragen Miller (160 88), Jupiter; Crystal Walker (155 72), Royal Palm Beach. Other Individual awards North: High scratch series. Shoemaker, 737; Busby, 626. High scratch game, Graber, 290; Walker, 211. High handicap series, Marrero, 780; Venlng, 704. High handicap game, Kenny Bedell, Palm Beach Gardens, 296; Amy Schmidt, Royal Palm Beach, 284. Most Improved, Chris Lau, Royal Palm Beach; Christian Jackson, Palm Beach Lakes. South: High scratch series, Boggiano, 697; Infantlno, 657. High scratch game, Saul Ehrenpreis, Spanish River, 2SI; Melissa Sargent, Olympic Heights, 211. High handicap series, Robert Smoot, Boca Raton, 749; Gaylord, 750. High handicap game, Seth Bayles, Spanish River, 293; Llppl, 269. Most improved, Ryan Croteau, John I. Leonard; and I Innl .j Edward s and Melbourne central catnouc. "Melbourne Central Catholic was a CalUn, Matt Garbarlno, Adam Graber, Jason Miller, Kevin Storm). Runner-up (South Division champion): Sanlalucet (Ivan Berroa, Joe Bog-giano, Chuck Gardner, Shaun Harrington, Russell Kahn, David McKnlght). Handicap Atlantic (Anthony Compagno, Scott Gershman, Jared Gosdin, David Upton, Scott Brown). Runner-up (North Division champion): Suncoast (Javier Castano, Jason Feng, Sam Fisch, Josh Semerenko, Jason Shoemaker, Steve Yu). GIRLS Scratch - Wellington (Jennifer Busby, Katie Chiet, Jill Suss, Jaime Wagner). Runner-up (South Division champion): Spanish River (Petti-Ann Dresbeck, Melissa Llppl, Allison Schneider, Erin Spurgeon, Samantha Stonelake). Handicap - Atlantic (Stacey Ceravlno, Michelle Gaylord, Kelly Rowland, Nicole Sears). Runner-up (North Division champion): Cardinal Newman (Sa district champion too and St. Edward's was the runner-uD. so we know those are both tough teams," Sajda said. "We've had a rivalry going with St. Edward's the past couple of years so we know that those ' County Champion! BOYS Scraicrf- William T "vrRob Bethke, Shawn won't be easy games." .